Caring for babies require a good understanding of their unique developmental needs. While many parents only look at the physical growth of these very young children, there is more to it than merely growing in height and weight, developing muscle strength, and forming hair and teeth. There are also psychological, emotional, social, and cognitive aspects that must be adequately addressed if we want these young tots to reach their full development potential. For this, we have prepared 20 cool baby stuff you will love in 2017 that we guarantee will be more than enough to make your child rearing and child caregiving chores a lot easier and with more readily observable results.
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Baby Bullet Baby Care System by Magic Bullet
While it is understood that nothing can beat mom’s breast milk – being the most nutritionally sound formulation for babies, always available in the correct temperature, fosters maternal infant bonding, and comes complete with natural antibodies the help protect baby for the first 6 months of life – moms cannot produce this kind of milk indefinitely. You can purchase commercially prepared baby foods but there have been concerns on the use of preservatives and flavor enhancers in these products over the years. The best way to provide for infant nutrition is by preparing them ourselves. One of the best baby gadgets you can ever get is the Baby Bullet Baby Care System which takes its design and functional inspiration from the largely successful Original Magic Bullet. The Baby Bullet is a Magic Bullet that’s been designed specifically for the infants of today. It comes with 20 pieces of highly useful parts and components to allow parents to prepare fresh, safe, and highly nutritious baby food for the next 6 days. With the Baby Bullet you can prepare really delicious and nutritious meals that are good for 6 days. You can portion and store the meal sizes into 6 storage cups that contain date dials so you keep tabs with which food must be consumed first as well as have an idea as to the prepared meal’s expiration. If you’re not sure if you’ll be preparing nutritious meals for your baby, there’s really no need to fuss since the Baby Bullet already comes with a Cookbook and Pocket Nutritionist to give you a clear understanding of what it takes to care for babies’ nutrition.
What We Like about It – The Baby Bullet is a complete system for preparing, making, and storing baby’s food so you can be guaranteed of only the freshest and most natural ingredients you are giving to your young child.
4-in-1 Baby Wrap Carrier by CuddleBug
The best way to carry newborns and infants is through swaddling or the use of an overly large piece of elastic and breathable cloth wrapped around mommy’s body before baby is slipped into the formed pocket. Part of the growing popularity of the sling carrier is the growing understanding of basic fetal position. When the fetus is still inside the womb, it assumes a curling position towards mommy’s belly. The natural contours of the abdomen help ensure that the arch of the back of the fetus is maintained. A sling carrier helps ensure this anatomic position making the successful transition from intrauterine life to extrauterine life a lot more successful for the baby. One of the best and really cool baby things is the 4-in-1 Baby Wrap Carrier from CuddleBug. Technically, CuddleBug is just a large piece of highly durable, strong, elastic, and super breathable fabric that is worn by mom around her torso and shoulders to form a pocket in front. This is where she will place baby. Because the only thing that separates mom from her little one is a thin piece of cloth, it makes for a much better solution to continue with the different experiences of the baby while he or she was still inside the womb. Vibrations and movements from mom’s body will also be felt. Whenever mommy talks baby will be able to listen a lot more intently. Whenever mom looks at baby, the bond will be there. The developmental implications of using the CuddleBug are simply enormous. And if you believe in what the reviews say, then you’d definitely want to get the CuddleBug so your kid will be a lot more successful in making the transition from a life inside the womb to the life outside.
What We Like about It – It’s an ingenious piece of fabric that’s been used by mothers all over the world even in ancient times. With such a history of unparalleled utility, you wouldn’t really trust anything else.
By Your Side Sleeper by SwaddleMe
Parents who would like to have their babies sleep with on the bed are often faced with a very serious dilemma. While it is understandable that doing so will help foster a stronger bond between baby and parents, the risk of injuries to the infant is great since parents will never know if they have already squished their young child when they turned to change position. That is why cribs are preferred. However, there is now a solution for moms and dads who really want their little one to be as close to them as possible while asleep. The SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper can be likened to a nursery bassinet that you can place on your bed, safely between mom and dad. Unlike the bassinet however, the SwaddleMe has a sturdy metal frame to keep its mesh sides fully upright. The mesh construction of the SwaddleMe allows for the more efficient flow of air so baby will not have any heating problems. It’s also excellent for facilitating parent-infant bonding especially during feeding, cooing, or even playing with the little ones. Gaining access to baby is made easier with a compressible side wall so you don’t need to reach over the metal frame of the SwaddleMe. And because the SwaddleMe is fully collapsible, mom and dad can easily bring this along in their travels, open it and lay it down on the hotel bed, and enjoy safer, more engaging times with baby. These cool baby accessories are simply a must especially when your infant is sick that continuous and close monitoring is imperative.
What We Like about It – SwaddleMe is a safe and super convenient way to bond with your youngest member of the family without having to endanger them to being smothered by you during sleep.
Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker by VTech
One really cool baby gear is the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. This particular piece of toy is designed specifically to help infants master their ability to sit unsupported until such time that they are able to stand without support. Once they have accomplished this, they are ready to learn how to initiate their very first steps which are actually sources of joy and pride to any mom and dad. The Sit-to-Stand is a learning activity platform that will keep baby interested and focused on what he or she is doing as there are plenty of buttons to press that light up and activate more than 70 songs, sound effects, fun phrases, and even children’s melodies. There are also shape sorters, piano keys in various colors, and even a play telephone. All of these are fully integrated into a learning activity platform that can be easily removed from its mobile framework. This allows babies to play with the Sit-to-Stand on their play mats. This helps encourage young children to sit up straight and maintain a stable stance without having to rely on mom or dad for support. As they grow, they will be able to crawl before learning to stand up. This is where the Sit-to-Stand can help yet again. The sturdy construction of this learning walker allows young kids to master the art of walking with a more stable support. This is crucial to help prevent falls.
What We Like about It – The Sit-to-Stand superbly addresses young infants’ need for mobility and cognitive development. This is never a question with a VTech brand.
The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies by Baby Shusher
Babies who may have difficulty sleeping often express their frustrations by being fussy or by crying. Either way, these can be equally frustrating for mom and dad. That’s why one of the best baby gadgets we’ve noted is the Baby Shusher Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies. As the name suggests, this device is a shusher which actively and marvelously simulates the sound of our shush. There have been a number of studies showing the rationale behind shushing to stop the crying of babies. It is believed that rhythmic shush sounds mimic the rhythmic contraction of the heart that is reflected in the whooshing or shushing sounds in the blood vessels. This is actually what the fetus hears while it is still insie the mother’s womb. This has been proven to lead calming of the nervous impulses in the brain which can then facilitate the reduction of all other neural impulses. In other words, shushing tells the baby’s brain that it is still inside the mother’s womb and that it does not have to cry or even fuss because baby is safe. The Baby Shusher is a very portable device that mimics these natural bodily sounds. Since it’s compact, it can be easily kept in your pocket or even your bag so you can get to use it wherever baby is a bit fussy. The Baby Shusher can be timed to play the shushing sounds between 15 and 30 minutes. Additionally, you also have the capability to adjust the volume so that even when you are in an otherwise noisy environment, you can set the volume a bit louder than your baby’s cry so he or she will be focusing more on the shushing sounds.
What We Like about It – The Baby Shusher is a very portable, convenient, and well-proven device to help calm fussy babies by relying on physiologic processes in the body stemming from the experiences of babies while they are still in moms’ wombs.
Rainforest Jumperoo by Fisher-Price
Some cool baby things help infants learn how to properly walk. For us, walking seems like a very easy, natural thing to do. However, this does not occur overnight. Learning to walk is one of the most crucial developmental tasks of infancy as this is related to their physical mobility. Without it, exploring and learning more about their world will be very limited. The Rainforest Jumperoo is a wonderful addition to the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. The Jumperoo is a trainer, a device that is specifically designed to help young children make the successful transition from a sitting position to a standing and walking position. This is very important to understand. The Jumperoo should never be used on children who are still not able to maintain excellent control or support of their heads. If their head still slumps to either side, this means the control of the muscles in the neck is not yet fully developed. The Jumperoo aims to develop and strengthen the muscles of the lower body and the legs by keeping the feet off the surface of the floor to allow baby to use his or her body to push itself up and down like a bungee jumper. The idea is to let baby develop control of his or her muscles of the torso in preparation for the task of standing. Now, it would be fairly boring for baby to be suspended on a chair. So, Fisher-Price included a variety of learning activities into the platform to keep young children fully entertained.
What We Like about It – The Rainforest Jumperoo’s sturdy frame and well-suspended infant seat allows for the more effective development of a baby’s lower body movements in preparation for standing and walking.
Waterproof Silicone Soft Baby Bibs by Happy Healthy Parent
Babies are a lot of fun to watch especially during dinner times. Unfortunately, the mess they create right after can be a great source of headache for moms. This is not their fault because they don’t have the necessary control over their muscles yet. Even very young infants can drool and stain their clothes. That’s why we usually let our babies wear a bib. Unfortunately, these cloth bibs can get easily soaked and stained as well. You’d also have to have several bibs as they can get easily soiled. This means you’d have to wash and dry them more frequently. A better solution is to use one of those really cool baby accessories like the Happy Health Parent Waterproof Silicone Soft Baby Bibs. These look and function like any other bib except that it is made of food grade, kid-safe silicone material. This means it is very easy to clean while also giving your baby a very comfortable bib to help keep stains and smudges off his or her clothes. There are also no fabric cords to tie as the Silicone Bib already comes with a 3 button snap-on closure so you can easily adjust it to fit your growing child. The best part of the Happy Healthy Parent Bib is that the bottom section of the bib has a pocket that is deep enough to hold any food debris or particle from your child’s meals. You save water and electricity from having to wash your cloth bibs while you also give baby a more fashionable, more modern way to enjoy his or her meals without worrying of staining or drooling on his or her clothes.
What We Like about It – The Happy Healthy Parent Bib’s unique design is exceptionally useful as you will no longer need several bibs. You only need one of these and all of your woes about clothes getting stained are over.
Shopping Cart Hammock by Binxy Baby
Babies learn a lot when they go outside their homes. They may not be able to verbalize their appreciation but you can surely see in their wide-eyed animated facial expressions just how wonderful it is to go to the grocery to shop for things for your home. However, instead of carrying your young child in a carrier, may we suggest using the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock? The Binxy Baby is made of 97 percent cotton to give your little angel breathable comfort while riding on the shopping cart and fully suspended off the bottom panel of the cart. It can easily hold a baby who weighs no more than 50 pounds and is sturdy enough to even accommodate an infant car seat. Simply attach both ends of the Binxy Baby on the longer sides of the shopping cart, secure it, place your baby or even the infant car seat on the Binxy Baby hammock, and you’re good to go shopping. The Binxy Baby comes with its own safety belt that joins a strap positioned between the legs. This way you can be sure your baby is safe while you’re busy looking for items to shop. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for you to teach your young child about the things you are getting before putting them in the shopping cart.
What We Like about It – It’s an ingenious answer to enhancing the shopping experiences of very young children.
Baby Car Mirror by Matusse
Your rearview mirror is your most important gadget when it comes to looking after the welfare of your children at the back. Regrettably, if your child happens to be an infant, you will need to position the infant car seat such that baby is looking towards the rear of the car. This means that you will not be able to view your little angel through your rearview mirror simply because he or she is facing towards the rear of your vehicle. One cool baby gear is the Matusse Baby Car Mirror which you attach to the headrest of your car seat in the back of the car. This way, you will still be able to see your little angel’s reactions and status while you are driving. The Matusse is lightweight, extra-large, and offers a splendid 10.2 by 6.25 inches of clear view. It is also not affected by the sun’s glare and will not produce any unsightly distortions. Made of premium acrylic, the Matusse is super tough and shatterproof so you and your baby are safe. The straps on the Matusse will also keep it fully secure on your rear seat. No bumps or vibrations will ever displace it so you get unrestricted viewing access to your most important passenger. Additionally, it comes with a pivot ball so you can easily make the necessary adjustments to improve your viewing angles.
What We Like about It – The Matusse is one device you clearly don’t want to leave home without especially if you have a rear-facing infant car seat. It is secure, stable, and very safe.
2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover High Chair Cover for Baby by Crocnfrog
Going on a shopping can be very stimulating for young infants as they get to see a lot of things. Unfortunately, they cannot sit on the bag tray of the shopping cart without hurting themselves from the cold and widely spaced metal rods. This makes the Crocnfrog 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover for Baby one of those cool baby things that work to help provide optimum comfort for infants while allowing them to explore their surroundings. The Crocnfrog is made of polyester material affording babies silky soft comfort. The Crocnfrog effectively protects your precious little angel from potentially harmful microorganisms that may have been left on the surfaces of the shopping cart by other shoppers. Technically, you really cannot expect these carts to be cleaned and disinfected after use. With the Crocnfrog cover, you provide a barrier between the shopping cart and your little angel. The Crocnfrog is easy to set up and a lot easier to fold down and turn into a carry pouch. The cover can also serve as a temporary storage solution as it comes with several pockets to keep your baby’s things while you do your shopping.
What We Like about It – It’s a truly versatile way to protect very young children from dirty shopping carts while also providing them optimum comfort while doing your grocery.
Pop N’ Play Portable Playard by Summer Infant
Playtime is one of the most anticipated moments in a young kid’s life. This is when they can put their imagination to work while also allowing them to enhance their sensorimotor development. However, young infants who may already know how to crawl or even to stand and walk can be an issue especially if you cannot keep a watchful eye over them. This is because of their natural tendency to roam. You have to confine them in their “safe” play zone. This is where the Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Portable Playard comes into play. These cool baby accessories provide a very safe enclosure wherein babies can play all they want without mom or dad worrying about their safety. The Pop N’ Play provides ample playing surface at 14 square feet and is 26 inches deep. So kids, even if they already know how to stand, will not be able to scale up its sides that are made of mesh material. The Pop N’ Play comes with a solid yet lightweight metal frame for supreme strength and easy assembly. The canvas floor is designed to be water resistant and durable to accommodate several babies at the same time. It’s highly compact, too so storage and transportation are never issues.
What We Like about It – The Pop N’ Play is a great way to provide young infants a safer, more secure play area that can also be easily brought and assembled anywhere.
Pack ‘n Play Playard Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat by Graco
Baby gadgets come in a variety of sizes and design features. And when we talk about the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playward Bassinet Changer with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat, we are essentially talking about a playpen that has been ingeniously designed to grow as your little angel grows from a newborn to a full-sized toddler. The Pack ‘n Play comes with a removable rocking seat that comes with a vibrating mechanism to help gently rock your baby to sleep. It also comes with a removable bassinet changing table which is ideal for changing your baby’s diapers and clothes. The Pack ‘n Play comes with a fully enhanced electronic system that includes 5 fun sounds and 5 musical melodies that, when combined with its soft, gentle vibrations, can really provide for a more relaxing time for the little one. Both the rocking seat and the changing table can be easily removed so your infant will have full access to the spacious playard. Babies require only the best when it comes to both playtime and naptime. The Pack ‘n play essentially provides both.
What We Like about It – The Pack ‘n Play is your infant’s multipurpose playard that comes complete with a vibrating rocking seat plus a comfy changing table. The integrated electronics are also a big plus.
Portable Handheld Shower by Ivation
Giving babies a bath can be quite tricky as we really cannot have them taking a bath in our bathroom, using our standard shower head. What you will need is one of the surprisingly effective baby gadgets we’ve seen, the Ivation Portable Handheld Shower. The Ivation allows you to have a great shower wherever you are. All you need is a bucket full of water and a fully charged Ivation and you could very well be on your way to having the best shower of your life. This also means that your infant can now have his or her own shower right in his or her kiddie bathtub. Just bring a pail of water, immerse one end of the Ivation in the water, activate the water resistant power switch, and watch it shower your baby. There’s no need to filter the water from the pail because this is already accomplished by the built-in filtration system in the Ivation. You can also attach the shower head to its S-hook hanger for hands-free use. Charging the Ivation is completed through a USB port so you’ll never run out of options. If you want your infant to experience the thrill and joy of showering, then get the Ivation.
What We Like about It – The Ivation is a very convenient and portable way for babies to have a shower wherever they may be.
Breastmilk Cooler Set by Medela
Breast milk remains the most nutritious food for young infants. More and more modern women now recognize the importance of giving their infants breast milk and that they can do so even if they are busy at work. With the Medela Breastmilk Cooler Set, moms can now express their breast milk even if they are in the office so that the milk will not spoil when they bring it home for babies to feed on. The system is also excellent for storing breast milk for use in daycare centers so that the infant will still have the best nutrition for his or her needs as the system is designed to keep the breastmilk highly viable up to 12 hours. The Medela comes with 4 breastmilk bottles complete with lids both for feeding and for storage. Medela also includes an additional ice pack for on-the-go purposes. The Medela is a system that’s composed of a PVC-free microfiber bag and a contoured ice pack to help secure the 5-ounce milk bottles.
What We Like about It – The Medela system is a great solution to tend to the nutritional needs of young infants by making sure they have access to freshly expressed breast milk.
Best Stroller Organizer for Smart Moms by Ethan & Emma
Cool baby accessories almost always include a stroller organizer. And when it comes to such baby gadgets, Ethan & Emma’s Best Stroller Organizer for Smart Moms is simply the best. The Emma & Ethan Stroller Organizer actually has a very simple design yet it is this unpretentious styling that close to 1,800 reviewers are saying they fell in love with. It has pockets for virtually anything that baby needs including smaller pockets for mom’s personal valuables like keys, jewelry, and smartphones. The Stroller Organizer can easily fit any brand of stroller, too, making it truly versatile.
What We Like about It – The Ethan & Emma Stroller Organizer has a simple yet highly functional design that seamlessly integrates with any kind or brand of stroller systems.
Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier by Infantino
For moms and dads who like the idea of the swaddle type of infant carrier because of the closer proximity of the infant to mom or dad but would like the system to be of the contemporary design, then the Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier is the answer. The good thing with the Infantino Flip is that it still acknowledges the importance of keeping the little angel as close to mom or dad as possible, especially for newborns. That’s why it was designed to have a narrow seat so that the child will be facing in. When the kiddo is older, the seat can be adjusted to accommodate the increasing width of the young child. When he or she already has head control, then he or she can start sitting on the Infantino Flip facing outward. For older babies, a wider support base with baby facing outward can be provided. As such, if a cool baby gear that grows with your infant is what you’re looking for, then the Infantino Flip Advanced is an excellent choice. Do understand however, that this has a recommended weight range of 8 to 32 pounds.
What We Like about It – The Infantino Flip Advanced combines the joys of a swaddle with the modern styling of a contemporary baby carrier that your young child should be able to use until toddlerhood.
Developmental Bumpy Ball by Sassy
The Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball is one of those very simple yet very effective cool baby things that are designed to stimulate the development of your young child’s gross motor skills, sensory integration, and simple problem solving skills. The Sassy is a soft and cushiony ball with super-enlarged bumps that come in a variety of textures, sounds, colors, and patters. All of these will help in the development of your kid’s sensory perception while the bumps will help encourage your child to reach for it, grasp it, and transfer the Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball between hands. This helps facilitate motor control and coordination. It may not be as technologically advanced as the other toys in this list of cool stuff for babies but the Sassy can sure help develop babies’ overall cognitive and psychomotor development.
What We Like about It – The Sassy ball is a very unique ball designed primarily to help very young kids develop their cognitive abilities as well as psychomotor skills.
Playnest Farm Covered Inflatable Ring by Galt America
One cool baby accessories is the Playnest Farm Covered Inflatable Ring. You can look at it like an oversized donut complete with a soft and comfy lounger in the center for the infant to rest on. The ring is adorned with colorful images, different textures, variety of patterns, and a collection of sounds for an exemplary multi-sensory experience. The Playnest provides enough stimulation for young kids to develop their sense of hearing, touch, and seeing. This provides the backbone for optimum brain development. The comfy lounger is also excellent for promoting optimum rest for babies.
What We Like about It – The Playnest is a wonderful lounger that provides optimum support for babies whether they are resting or playing.
Kick and Play Piano Gym by Fisher-Price
We know that learning to walk occurs in stages. In the early stages it is crucial to develop the core muscles of the body. This is where the Kick and Play Piano Gym can help. The Kick and Play allows infants to strengthen their core muscles by encouraging them to reach for the different toys that dangle overhead. This can help them learn to roll on their sides and further strengthen the muscles of the torso. Additionally, the Kick and Play comes with a piano footboard which babies can push to elicit wonderful melodies. With each push of the feet against the piano keys, the young child is able to strengthen the muscles of the leg as well while being treated to a musical sensory experience.
What We Like about It – The Kick and Play is an excellent way to help babies strengthen a variety of muscles that are needed for walking.
Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub by The First Years
Make bathtime as stress-free for newborns as possible with the Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn Tub. While this may not look like a cool baby gear to you, it is one of the most effective in terms of supporting babies’ backs during bathtime. The mesh sling keeps babies suspended from the hard surface of the tub while the extra-padded headrest provide for a more comfortable support for the infant’s head. The Sure Comfort is one of those baby gadgets that are often overlooked by many because of its otherwise simple design. With mildew-resistant pads and a fully machine washable netting, the Sure Comfort is a sure hit in baby care.
What We Like about It – Sure Comfort provides a safer and more comfortable way for babies to enjoy a warm bath. It’s also excellent for moms as they don’t need to strain themselves in supporting the backs of their children.
How We Chose the Cool and Amazing Infant Products in Our List
There are literally hundreds of different classifications or categories of infant products that can make the creation of a comprehensive list of cool baby things very challenging. First on our list was the product’s usability or functionality. These must serve to advance the developmental and growth needs of this age group of children. Depending on the nature of the cool baby gear, we had to look for its developmental implications as well as its benefits to kids’ overall health and wellbeing. For instance, we did provide products that cater to infant nutrition, rest, and sleep. Mobility was also considered as a major milestone among infants.
The second parameter we had to carefully assess was the product’s integrity including quality of craftsmanship and the safety features embedded into the product or were employed in the manufacturing process. Any indications of superb compliance with safety and quality testing were considered as strong points for the item’s inclusion in the listing.
There were other things we sought but these were largely dependent on the type of product that we have initially shortlisted. If it was a toy, then we also included an assessment of the product’s learning and developmental benefit. If it was another gadget, then we had to check other parameters such as durability, strength, multifunctionality, and the like.
Tips to Choosing the Right Gadgets for Young Babies
Choosing gadgets, gears, and other items specifically for babies can be downright daunting. Whether it is cool gadgets for the nursery or certain items for activities of daily living, there are certain things that parents need to understand. Here are some tips on how you can choose the right gadgets and other cool stuff for your young infant.
- Do everything in your power to understand the basics of child growth and development especially those that pertain to infant development. Many people don’t feel a need to study child developmentbut this is the very foundation for all of your decisions related to the care of your children. The things we purchase will have to be related or directly commensurate to the developmental skills of our kids. If we understand what they truly need, then we are better prepared for choosing items that are highly beneficial for our babies.
- Always go for reputable brands. It may seem biased but there is perfectly good reason why you should. Companies that have been around for many years have a reputation to uphold and safeguard. They can only do this if they continue designing and manufacturing high quality and kid-safe products.
- Choose gadgets that can help you better care for your infant or at least make it a lot easier for you to provide exceptional care. This is especially true for newborns and very young infants as they are particularly dependent on our actions.
- Always include sensorimotor toys in your purchasing decisions as these are needed for optimum brain development as well as the building of psychomotor competence.
The Bottom Line
Babies are literally very dependent on us. That’s why it is imperative that we understand what they truly need so we can make the best decision on what we need to buy. These 20 cool baby stuff you will love are guaranteed to help you gain a better understanding and appreciation of what young children of this age really require.